Students become entrepreneurs for a day

In the education concept E-kampen, secondary school students get to try out starting and running companies. During two educational days, students move from idea to practical action. Those who want can compete for prize money for a school trip. The concept is developed by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Academy together with StartCentrum.

For two days, students in years 7–9 will have the opportunity to gain knowledge about entrepreneurship and business, work creatively, and come up with their own business ideas. Business ideas that are practically tested to get a feel and insight into what it is like to be an entrepreneur.

The days are designed to give students inspiration as well as knowledge and experience about entrepreneurship. They get to practice their ability to see business opportunities, take action, and finally organise, lead and develop them. These are skills that they benefit from throughout life and that also benefit society at large.

Students are divided into smaller groups. During the first day they work with exercises in entrepreneurship and creativity, and also develop their own business concept. On the second day, the students run and test their own companies and business ideas – in reality. The educational training ends with reflection and recording of competition entries for those who want.

The E-kampen is very easy to implement. With digital support, the teacher leads the exercise with a clear focus on entrepreneurial learning. The exercise works well across subject matters and can either involve all students in a year or individual classes.

The concept was started in 2018 by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Academy and StartCentrum to meet the need for a supplementary education concept for year 7–9. Today, the concept is run by StartCentrum and the Swedish Entrepreneurship Academy hosts the national competition.

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Contact information

Maria Saker
Project Manager
Phone +46 8-791 29 65